Apple is working on an iPad Pro model with wireless charging and an iPad mini update. This is evident from an article published Friday by Bloomberg (4).
The article highlights that the company is aiming to revamp the category, which saw a significant increase in sales during the pandemic. For example, the new version of the iPad Mini is predicted to be released later this year and the iPad Pro in 2022.
The main change of the new iPad Pro is the replacement of the aluminum-finish back case with a glass one. This will allow the device to gain the wireless charging feature – something that is still a rarity on tablets.
Apple would conduct tests with a magnet-based system similar to MagSafe. The company is also studying the application of wireless reverse charging technology – similar to the previous project, which could allow the iPhone to charge AirPods.
Sources indicate that the development of the next iPad Pro is still in its infancy. Therefore, the manufacturer may change plans or even cancel the project before it launches next year.
As for the iPad mini, the new version should bring a screen with narrower bezels and the absence of the Home button. Rumors also point to an even smaller edition aimed at students that would be released together.
Increased iPad Sales
In 2020, the iPad line became an important product in apples portfolio. The devices were highly sought after by users looking for ways to work, study and have fun from home during the pandemic.
As a result, sales increased by 43% in the last half of 2020. Profits continued into the first quarter of 2021, when the tablet division earned $7.8 billion — a 79% increase from the same period last year.